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jL'o Horace Mann
'So I by myself can noun substantive stand, Impose on my Owners, and save my own land; You call me masculine, feminine, neuter, or block, Be what will the genders, sirs, hie, hsee, or hoc.
'Or should my chous'd Owners begin to look sour, I'll trust to Mate Sob to exert his old power, Hegit animos dictis, or nummis, with ease, So, spite of your growling, I'll act as I please.'
Yet worse in this treacherous contract, 'tis said, Such terms are agreed to, such promises made, That his Owners must soon feeble beggars become— ' Hold!' cries the Crown office, ' ware scandal—so, mum!'
This secret, however, must out on the day When he meets his poor Owners to ask for more pay! And I fear when they come to adjust the account, A ----- for a balance, will prove their amount.
One or two of the stanzas are tolerable; some, especially the ninth, most nonsensically bad. However, this is a specimen of what we shall have amply commented upon in Parliament.
I have already found out a person, who, I believe, will please you in Palombo's place: I am to see your brother about it to-morrow morning, and next post you shall hear more particularly.
I am quite in concern for the poor Princess20, and her conjugal and amorous distresses: I really pity them; were
20 The Prince de Craon, and the Princess his wife, who had been favourite mistress to Leopold, the last Duke of Lorraine, resided at this time in Florence, where the Prince was head of the council of regency; but they were extremely ill-treated
and mortified by the Count de Rich-court, a low Lorrainer, who, being a creature of the G-reat Duke's favourite minister, had the chief ascendant and power there. Wai-pole.